Provides various combinations to satisfy your grab-&-go portable astrophotography needs. It is a precise, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control.
The Star Adventurer Pro Pack (formerly known as 'Astro-Photo Bundle') includes the Star Adventurer Mount, Ball Head Adapter, Illuminated Polar Scope, Dovetail L-Bracket, Equatorial Wedge and Counterweight Shaft with 1kg Counterweight.
The Star Adventurer can attach to any standard tripod via its ¼” or 3/8” adapters. The latitude can be set by either adjusting the tilt of your tripod head to match your latitude or more accurately by using the includd Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head is required (not supplied) or the included Dovetail L-Bracket. The Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the counterweight shaft/counterweight also allows small telescopes (e.g. Skymax-90), with a ¼-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. A small telescope and camera (using a ball head, not supplied) can be mounted simultaneously on the Dovetail L-bracket. Using just the dovetail bar from the Dovetail L-Bracket, two cameras can be mounted at the same time using two tripod ball heads (not supplied).
|Average Rating (40 Reviews): |Very happy with this star tracker.
Wednesday, 23 February 2022 | Jonathan
Okay there are a few things not right and that well documented (for example that battery cover that just doesn't stay on, or the polar scope illuminator that was must have been a late Friday afternoon bit of design), but otherwise what can I say - a really well made piece of kit.
Really easy to set up - watch loads of YouTube videos to see how easy it is. Attach your camera and get snapping away! My first image was of the Orion Nebula (as all newbies do) and I was really happy with the result for a first attempt. Any issues with the image are not down to the SWSA but to the user! With practice I can only hope to get better.
There is nothing I can really say about the SWSA that other reviewers of YouTubers have said. I am just really happy.
And great service from FLO. I have used them a few times now and have always found that email enquires are answered really quickly, and I am kept informed about delivery etc. Can't fault them on service.
Sunday, 30 January 2022 | John
I am using it with my Sony A7iii, SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary (& Sigma 1.4 converter) connected up with a Pluto S2 cable (see below) to enable control via my Android phone and the SAM app.
Initially a few problems setting up and correctly aligning with Polaris, but some good Youtube videos have put me straight (see below)
My only (So far anyway) problems are those of manually focusing the lens to infinity - suffering the common issue of "infinity and beyond" with autofocus lenses - but patience will get me through that hurdle.
The Pluto S2 cable was difficult to locate (Sky-Walker don't list a cable suitable for Sony "E" mounts) - so you might find this link of use:
A Youtube for starting with:
Great tracker but poor app
Thursday, 20 January 2022 | Steve
Fantastic service from FLO who delivered star tracker within two days of ordering. Build quality is excellent and the clutch was fine. The polarscope reticle was spot on as well.
I found the issue was the SA Console app downloaded from Google play store. It just would not work. WiFi was fine but the moment you entered the astrophotography panel and tried to run the shooting program, it refused to start. This may be an android issue and certainly reviews on the app weren't good.
In the end I downloaded the app again but this time from the skywatcher home pages ..see support menu ..... It then worked brilliantly. It was a frustrating couple of hours trying to get the Google play store version to work though.
Other than that full marks as always to FLO ... Their ordering dispatch and customer service is first rate. Thank you to the team
Astonishing build quality
Tuesday, 14 December 2021 | Jona
I have never used any product, that has such a good build quality. It's extremely durable, quiet, has a beautiful design and is easy to use. An absolute must for beginners that want to go deeper in astrophotography!
Excellent service and a great star tracker
Tuesday, 30 November 2021 | Paul
Great little star tracker, I reviewed the first Star Adventurer and still have it but decided I needed another so why not upgrade to the latest version!
Thursday, 18 November 2021 | Lynn
Been wanting one of these for a while, so tool the plunge. I haven't been disappointed yet. But here in Scotland we seem to have lots of clouds after I bought this hmm. It easy to set up and use. Use good quality batteries in it so you get most time out of your tracking. Only used a small camera lens so for once I've used it more and failed the polar alignment then I'll get the big lens out. Very fast delivery and was notified at every stage. You cant ask for better service than that
Thursday, 21 October 2021 | Robert
I just bought this it is very easy to use and set up the SynScan App has loads of features you can set different speeds on the tracker its very handy to have.
Portable and easy to use.
Monday, 19 July 2021 | Adrian
I have only been able to use the mount once so far and there was loads of light pollution so my exposures were limited to 60 seconds. I hiked for a couple of kilometres with the mount attached to the tripod and it was not a problem to carry. I was able to polar align and set up in minutes. I used an Olympus OM1 mkii with an 85mm lens. I didn't use the counter weight just attached a ball head and the camera. I had no trailing on any of the shots. I am looking for to putting in my luggage and taking it to Italy soon.
Saturday, 9 January 2021 | Sean
Absolutely stellar (badum tsh) piece of equipment.
A few little gripes - the polar illuminator (really, they couldn't have just built an led in?) and the DEC clutch was locked tight and needed some "minor" disassembly to work as a friction clutch should (joking aside I think it took about ten minutes, some assembler had overtightended a lock ring, VERY easy to rectify) . But for the price and once running it's a cracking piece of equipment. I've had four good nights out so far and happily getting pin sharp 60s subs unguided at a focal length of 200mm. The worst I've got to say about it is the wedge clutch could do with another shim, it shifts sideways a bit on latitude adjustment, but if you do LAT then sideways it's easily solveable. The main and big deal is the clock drive and that is pin sharp and pleasantly sips rather than guzzles battery. Add to that the fantastic service from FLO and speed of delivery considering the worlds ongoing madness and it's hard to think there's a better option in this price bracket.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer pro
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 | Jacqueline
Really surprised, but extremely happy to get this just before Christmas because of the covid restrictions and Christmas delivery schedules in general. The adventurer is well made apart from the polar scope illuminator which is cheap and flimsy which is a shame as everything else is such good quality. I found polar alignment easy after watching demos on you tube. Unfortunately just before my target was high enough in the sky to begin putting the adventurer to work thick clouds rolled in and so I had to pack up for the night. How wonderful to have a tracking unit that is so portable and easy to pick up in one go rather than the bigger Goto mount I have. Excellent service from FLO as always, no need to go anywhere else for astronomy gear.
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